Story of the World Vol. 2 2nd Edition: Middle Ages (Paperback)

Story of the World Vol. 2 2nd Edition: Middle Ages (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9781933339092
Grades: 1-6

Product Description:

Volume Two picks up where Story of the World Volume One left off, and it tells the fascinating story of the “Dark Ages,” from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. This volume has been written very similarly to the other also, with a very readable text, appropriate for young children, told in a clear and engaging style. Each of the many chapters is relatively short, and broken up into smaller chunks that are the perfect length for curling up together and reading aloud. Also like the preceding book, this story of history doesn’t limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, and American history during the period, providing the young student with a much more complete view of what was going on all around the world during that intriguing time period. To cover every event in each of these diverse histories would take a whole library, however, and just as Susan Wise Bauer tells us in her first volume, use this volume as a springboard to more detailed readings about any events that you and the children find interesting and want to learn more about. A timeline and an index are included at the back.

Like its predecessor, the Activity Book corresponds chapter-by-chapter with the text from the Story of the World readings, and the sections and activities are well-organized and easy to implement. Each chapter begins with review questions for the book. Narration exercises are also included, so that the child may write or dictate to you a summary of what they learned. A list of books for additional reading follows, each with a concise summary and an approximate reading level to help you find those most appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. Corresponding literature, consisting of more "story-like" volumes such as cultural tales and myths are also featured to liven up your history reading, lending a little more interest to those lovers of fiction. An excellent range of activities follow the reading lists, including map work, a coloring page, and projects, which include art, crafts, games, and other more "involved" activities. An abundance of opportunities for "beyond-the-book" learning about here, but as the author mentioned in the activity book for Vol. 1, you should not feel pressured to read every book and complete every activity - history studied in this manner should be a fun and enjoyable journey for all involved, not an endless checklist of items you "have to" complete to pass a test. These courses lend themselves very well to family study, and a lot of the activities would be much more enjoyable with at least a couple siblings or friends. Fortunately, Susan Wise Bauer has anticipated this, and has denoted chosen activities with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. All in all, this looks like an very well-rounded, extremely enjoyable, and solidly chronological approach to history

The text is available spiral-bound in the first edition or in paperback or hardcover in the revised version. the Activity Book is a bound paperback and is the revised version.

Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

The name BiblioPlan is synonymous with classical chronological world history but through years of tweaking and improving, what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a mere lesson-plan framework (its original format). Comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep, BiblioPlan allows students of all ages to work on the same time periods at the same time at their own level. There is flexibility. You can still use just the framework (Family Guide) or you can add some or all of the components. You can take a general approach and incorporate multiple ages at once or you can use material that targets particular grade levels. Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the driver's seat with full controls.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program - a full year's worth of history and literature readings and the Family Guide is necessary for either approach. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern. This is the core of the whole program (and once WAS the whole program). Designed by a group of homeschooling moms, these Guides provide 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan and annotated reading lists for each grade level. With a goal of integrating quality historical literature with biblical and secular history, these moms put together an easy-to-follow plan covering the historical topic (Classtime), a Psalm study, References and Resources for textual information about the topic, Literature Selections of the Week (for grades K-2, 3+, 5+ and 8+), a Family Read Aloud suggestion, Writing Ideas, Optional Fiction & free online resources, movies, and suggested Activities. Introductory information in each Guide includes the usual "how to find books" and "how to use the plan" information as well as the book lists for both the scheduled and the optional literature.

If it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. They're comprehensive and thorough; well-constructed plans. You could complete four years (plus four more if you wanted) of interesting history, absorbing literature, and engaging activity possibilities using just these Guides. If you go this route, you will need to use the frequently-referenced "spine resources." These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US and a number of others.

However, there is an alternative route. If you like to have perfectly coordinated, quality material at your fingertips rather than scrambling for it then you can incorporate one or more of the following BiblioPlan text components to use alongside the Family Guide.

BiblioPlan Text Components: Remember the Days, Consider the Years and Companions

  • Remember the Days - textbooks written specifically for Grades K-6 are available for Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.
  • Consider the Years - textbook written specifically for Grades 7-12 is available for Ancient. It is a reworking of the older Companions and part of the 2nd edition material now available for Ancient.
  • Companions are currently available for Medieval (two-book set), Early Modern (two-book set), and Modern. These are 1st edition texts and are being replaced with the Consider the Year text. For Ancients the Companions are only compatible with the 2012 edition of Cool History.

With options for each time period, these are full-color historical textbooks that provide textual information (world history, U.S. history, church history, and geography) in a narrative prose style interspersed with all sorts of intriguing factual and cultural anecdotes. They are color-coordinated so you know instantly if you're reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events or biblical quotes (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. As an example, in random pages from the Medieval Companion, there is a section on Muslim food laws and their rituals for newborns, a description of a tughra (Ottoman sultans signature) with gorgeous, artistic examples and a Turkish paper decorating technique ebru. In the Giants of the Faith section is a biographical sketch of Saint George and the Dragon which continues onto the next page and includes a large, glorious artwork reproduction of the same.

There is a pattern to the information provided for each chapter (each time period book has 34 chapters - one for each week): Geography Focus, History Focus, Fascinating Facts, Mystifying Myths, Interesting Individuals, Fascinating Foods, Church History Focus, Critical Concepts, and Giants of the Faith. Just in case there's any doubt, Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and the Companions as well as all the BiblioPlan materials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. These books provide all the necessary textual information for Classtime and greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for any outside historical reference books or spines. That being said, some may still choose to use the suggested spine readings in order to provide even more historical perspective and textual information.

BiblioPlan Cool History

provides weekly assignment sheets at four different grade level groupings:

  • Littles (K-2)
  • Middles (2-6)
  • Upper Middles (6-8)
  • Advanced (8-12)

It's pretty easy to surmise that the goal of these is to allow a family to challengingly study the same time period and the same topics but at their own distinct levels. This is where you find your students’ work and in upper levels their assessments also. There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and Companion readings.

  • The Littles book in the older edition (Medieval, Early Modern, Modern) has suggested reading assignments and questions from Remember the Days; in the 2nd edition (Ancients) these reading assignments are found in the Family Guide. Also included are fun hands-on activities and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The “Giants of the Faith” section provides biblical figures associated with the times and places of study. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • The Middles book has questions from the readings and Giants of the Faith suggestions and adds Challenge Questions plus an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • Upper Middles has Questions from the readings, Challenge Questions, Optional Bonus Question or Activity and includes periodic (about every six weeks) exams. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions (fill in the blank, short answers, short essays) all taken from Consider the Years or the Companions as well as research essays (outside of the text readings). Also included are periodic (about every six weeks) exams. These are consumable, black and white workbooks.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the week's lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from a world map and/or Remember the Days, Consider the Years, or the Companions, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more-or-less on their own. The same set of maps is included in both books

  • The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. These maps includes some prompts and partial information that makes them easier to complete. These maps and activities correlate with the Remember the Days as well as the Companion text for the K-8 grade material.
  • The Advanced maps set includes a geography scope and sequence as well as a Challenge activity for each of the maps. Six exams for this level are included in the Answer Key pdf. These maps and activities correlate only with the Consider the Years text for Ancients and the Companion for Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.

PDF Exams and Answer Keys

If you're concerned about answers to all the Cool History questions or the exams, they do exist but they aren't in the Cool History books. An Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email after your order has been processed. For Upper Middles and Advanced Ancients, blank Exams and Exam Answers are emailed after purchase. For Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern blank exams and answers are found within the large Answer Key pdf that is sent.

The Maps Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email as well after your order has been processed. Ancients, once again, has a separate pdf while Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern maps answers are found in the larger Cool History Answer Key pdf that is sent.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines - they're in color! The spiral-bound books can be used "as is" or the pages removed and the timeline mounted on a wall or the pages three-hole punched and the timeline placed into a binder which would allow your student to create an entire timeline in one place. Lots of flexibility here. The timeline consists of one or more colored strips (color varies with the time period) plus dated notes on particular events. The student cuts out the graphics and pictures (located in the back of the book) and inserts them in the appropriate place.

  • The Ancient Timeline includes two timelines: one for Biblical history and one for world history. The timeline is set-up as facing page timelines. Biblical history on one side and World History on the facing page.
  • The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The timeline is set-up as facing page timelines. Medieval on one side and Church History on the facing page.
  • The Early America and the World Timeline and the Modern America and the World Timeline each feature facing pages; one for the Americas and one for the World.

As mentioned earlier, the Timeline Figures are mostly in color (some 19th and 20th century figures are prints of original black and white photos) and are eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Books

provide over two hundred activities that correlate with the Family Guides. These are cultural crafts, food, and fun referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets (three to five per week). The books are impressive - a well-illustrated, well-explained variety of crafts and projects. A few require materials from other sources but most include directions and full-color pictures. Here's a random selection from one book: Porcelain Painting (buy a kit), Hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (get details from internet), Make a Kharbhooja Sharbat Drink (directions), Make a Flying Dragon Head (directions), Make a Chinese Dragon (directions), Make a Yurt (directions), Make a Chinese Cricket Cage (directions). Patterns, where needed, are provided in the back of the book. This book is fully integrated with the BiblioPlan program but could also be used as a supplement to another world history study.

The BiblioPlan Coloring Books

provide coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in the Family Guides. Utilizing the talents of present and former homeschooled students, multiple artists have produced a variety of styles and details in the drawings making them suitable for younger and older students. There is at least two and often three pages per week. Reproducible for families.

The BiblioPlan Family Discussion Guide

is for families who want some help in broadening their history studies into thoughtful family discussions. These Guides provide discussion starters that will help you guide your students into a better understanding of the connections between secular history and their Christian faith. One of the advantages of the Discussion Guide is that they allow you to lead discussions without having to study everything in the text books yourself.

The new edition (available for Ancients) has received a major facelift and shift in scope and sequence. Detailed out with Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric questions for each appropriate age level, there are also geography and general review questions for each week of study. Consider the Years specific questions are clearly identified.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (no grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Texts. This provides student work (no test or assessments), for all grade levels, if you choose the BiblioPlan path of using just the Family Guide and Story of The World approach.

BiblioPlan Hands-On Notebooking

These are only found as digital eBook purchases from the publisher. offers digital notebooking options to add to your studies and are geared to grade levels. Giants of the Faith adds Bible characters’ study and composition writing to their work. There is a Giants of the Faith notebook for each year. Countries of the World has a different country focus for each year of study. The U.S. States and Presidents is for year three and four studies and breaks the presidents into their appropriate era of service.

In conclusion, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want a Christian perspective that provides flexibility, an excellent road map, comprehensive textual information, and colorful, engaging reinforcement and enrichment possibilities, then look no further than the new, reconstructed BiblioPlan. ~ Janice & Rebecca

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
2nd, Illustrated
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
General Adult
Jeff West (Illustrator)
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
1.0 (lbs.)
8.5" x 5.25" x 1.0"
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My kids loved Story of the World volume 1, so we are continuing these for History next year! Excited to read and great price
Michelle G on Jul 13, 2023
This book is recommended by many parents in my son's homeschool program to read along the historical memory work that comes with the curriculum. It has short stories that can help young minds undestand and stay interested in history.
Chau N on Sep 23, 2022
My kids loved Story of the World volume 1, so we are continuing these for History next year! Excited to read and great price
Michelle G on Jul 13, 2023
good overview of this period
Phyllis H on Oct 12, 2022
This book is recommended by many parents in my son's homeschool program to read along the historical memory work that comes with the curriculum. It has short stories that can help young minds undestand and stay interested in history.
Chau N on Sep 23, 2022
Coordinates with Cycle 2 of Classical Conversations material.
Cassie V on Sep 17, 2022
We used Story of the World Ancient History last year and I thought it was excellent! I love having this as the basis from which to teach.
Sashanna H on Aug 17, 2022
to supplement our history studies
Julianna K on Aug 11, 2022
I am looking forward to use this book as a read aloud history text for my young elementary aged learners. I love that I will be able to combine history lessons for multiple learners. It will compliment the history that we are learning in Classical Conversations.
Faith E on Jul 11, 2022
We are almost done with Vol 1. We use this with our Classical Conversations Curriculum.
Amy S on Feb 28, 2022
Great history series it kept my 2nd grader's attention really well
Kily S on Jan 7, 2022
clrc curriculum material
Emily R on Aug 11, 2021
We just adored the first volume. So looking forward to the second!
Gabe on Aug 3, 2021
Suggested by our co-op
erika s on Jun 15, 2021
We had so much fun learning history this year, looking forward to continuing the story next year.
Nicole W on Apr 11, 2021
My son loved the 1st book, actually asks to read it, and he's not a kid who likes to read, so I had to get the next one!
User on Mar 24, 2021
last one in the series. ordered 1,2,3 &4
Kathleen C on Feb 19, 2021
loving volume 1, want to continue this series for our history curriculum.
Vickie S on Sep 3, 2020
My daughter will be using it with her class.
Jacqueline J on Aug 19, 2020
For my 10 year old daughter to learn world history
SanaJ609001426 on Aug 18, 2020
Have enjoyed reading the first volume to my kids.
Deitra M on Jul 20, 2020
Required by FPA (Freedom Project Academy)
Nicole M on Jun 29, 2020
My kids love this series. It’s a great foundation to add historical fiction onto for a painless well rounded approach.
Celeste D on Sep 29, 2019
We are enjoying Volume 1. My children love and look forward to history every day! It is wonderful to have a curriculum that we can do all together.
Crystal D on Sep 12, 2019
I love this series.
Christine G on Aug 6, 2019
To use with History Odyssey Middle Ages 1
Jaime B on Aug 4, 2019
school book
Lisa R on Jul 17, 2019
Our homeschool Coop
Amos A on Jul 13, 2019
love it
User on Jun 25, 2019
This book follows along with the Claritas Cycle 2 history memory work
Pamela D on Jun 10, 2019
Using this for our Co op
Heather W on Jan 26, 2019
My kids love the stories to go along with each lesson, and I love that it has a little bit of map work for each lessons. They like it so much they ask if it's time for Story of the World yet!
User on Aug 16, 2018
Teacher requested this
Elizabeth W on Aug 14, 2018
required by enrichment school
Tara J on Aug 8, 2018
I choose this book on continuation of edition 1. It is great, and my kid is always looking forward to read the next chapter. this book is made to be read!!! <br />The author did a great job making history enjoyable for our kids!
Raquel P on Jul 12, 2018
We like Story of the World. This was a good price (compared to Amazon.)
Catherine L on Jun 14, 2018
I was pleased with volume 1 and look forward to digging into volume 2 for second grade.
Elsa E on May 10, 2018
I read the 3 chapter sample and found it very engaging especially compared to other similar options.
Laura T on Apr 15, 2018
my son loves it
RICHA C on Jan 24, 2018
We enjoyed the extra literature and acticities that were available with Volume 1. This was an fun program for my children and me!
Virginia H on Jan 20, 2018
Used in My Father's World curriculum.
Carrie G on Jan 1, 2018
Kathryn M on Dec 1, 2017
Brittney W on Oct 27, 2017
All of the books I ordered were part of Sonlight Core G. You all had the best price. Thanks!!
Kimberly S on Sep 25, 2017
Our homeschool enrichment program uses it.
Michelle G on Aug 29, 2017
Home School
Cristie U on Aug 22, 2017
I absolutely love the easy reading provided in these Story of the World Volumes 1-4. It was either, read these books or put up a time line in our homeschool space. We've read them before but this time, we will keep them! Great addition to any library.
Sherry E on Aug 16, 2017
recommended by other teachers
Julie H on Aug 16, 2017
Used Volume 1 last year for 1st and 3rd grader and we all loved it
jennifer f on Aug 2, 2017
We have completed the Vol. 1 Story of the World and are continuing with the program.
Chelsea B on Aug 1, 2017
We used volume 1 and liked it
Cindy B on Jun 25, 2017
We like story of the world and want to continue next year.
Jessica U on Apr 6, 2017
good overview of this period
Phyllis H on Oct 12, 2022
Coordinates with Cycle 2 of Classical Conversations material.
Cassie V on Sep 17, 2022
Do you carry The Story of the World activity book for book 2?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2022

We do! Here are all components for level 2, including the activity book.
4.6 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
A story that keeps your interest!
My daughter (8th grade) has already read the first book in this series and just moved on to this one. She really enjoys it, as it is more like a story than a regular history book.
April 5, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
I think it is better for older elementary
I bought this book because it is required reading for my 2nd grader. She learns better with FIAR because it goes along with picture books and she learns better that way. I would recommend this book for 4th through 6th grade.
October 13, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
CLA second time around
Loved the overview the first time and still like it very much
October 9, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Engaging text for middle school history
I used this text for a group of 10-14 year-olds. It was well written, it kept my students engaged, and I really appreciated the effort to add 'human interest' stories to make history seem more real. Bauer doesn't just say that Shakespeare was a great writer, she retells the tale of Macbeth. The Activity Book was probably geared at a younger audience, however the Test Book was just right for my students. We are definitely going to use the other books in this series.
April 21, 2018
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
must read
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
There are so many good reviews of this program already It's hard not to sound repetitive What I like most are the results my daughter (8yr) wants to keep reading and wants to find out more about the persons or the events She is understanding!Bravo for this book!Highly recommended!
May 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
This book is a great addition to our family library It gives a brief historical overview of the regions of the world during the specific time period of the Middle Ages Has pictures stories and trivia to add to each section She asks questions in each chapter that are thought provoking and engage you as a reader Although my children go to public school I was looking for something to add to their historical knowledge to help fill in the gaps they are not getting at school This book makes history interesting and also great to read as an adult I have read it aloud to my 5 and 9 year old and they get it and love it Looking forward to reading the other volumes
July 30, 2012

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